A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away

Australian scientists have made an extraordinary discovery from an incredible distance

CSIRO’s Keith Bannister, with Swinburne U’s Adam Deller and Ryan Shannon have detected the origin of a single intense, fast radio burst from 4bn light-years away – nobody knows what caused it but these blokes worked out where it comes from.

This is a very big deal indeed among astronomers, demonstrating the sort of science delivered by the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder telescope (in remote WA). It identified a radiation pulse emitted billions of years ago, which lasted a thousandth of a second.

CMM has no clue about the science but remembers British cosmologist Fred Hoyle’s 18th century (in pop culture years) TV drama A for Andromeda, in which signals from another galaxy portend no good.


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